“When a student couldn’t pay for their lunch, a lot of times [Castile] actually paid for their lunch out of his own pocket.”
-Stacy Koppen [Nutritional Services Director for St. Paul Public Schools]
On July 6, 2016, Philando Castile was shot and killed by a police officer during a routine traffic stop. The entire event was being recorded via Facebook LIVE, it was definitely an event that will NEVER be forgotten.
Unbeknownst to the world, Philando was the nutrition supervisor at J.J. Hill Montessori Magnet School in St. Paul, Minnesota; where students loved him. Which is why a fund has been created honoring his legacy.
‘Philando Feeds The Children’
“A program aimed at raising money to cover student lunches for kids who aren’t eligible for free lunch but can’t afford meals.”
College Professor Pam Fergus pitched the idea, stating:
“His death changed who I am.”
According to the HuffingtonPost.com,
“Lunches for one student across an elementary school year can cost up to $400. Fergus initially set the goal for the fundraiser for $5,000, but after raising $3,500 in just one week, she doubled the goal and has raised more than $16,600 in donations.”
What’s even better is that Philando’s mother has agreed to match the fundraisers FINAL total!!!!!
“The only thing I want for my son is for people to remember him with honor and dignity.”
Students of J.J. Hill all deeply affected by the tragic death of a man whom they affectionately call “Mr.Phil,” now have something to hold on to.
The officer charged with Mr. Castile’s killing was acquitted of ALL charges on June 16, 2017.